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Funds to Compensate Victims of Mesothelioma and Asbestos Related Cancers

malignant-mesothelioma

There are tremendous numbers of ads from mesothelioma lawyers and attorneys across all media publicizing compensation for victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos related cancers and diseases. There have been over 50 funds established for people who have become ill as a result of long ago asbestos exposure. The most detailed explanation of the history […]

Illinois Requirements for a Valid Last Will and Testament

Illinois Probate Act

The Constitution’s Tenth Amendment notes that any power not given to the federal government is reserved to the states or the people. The Constitution does not give the federal government power over the disposition of property upon someone’s death.[1] This is a power reserved to the states, and the law in this area varies from […]

Considerations in Appointing a Child’s Guardian in a Will

Guardian Angel

There are many reasons to create a Last Will and Testament, but for parents with a minor child, appointment of a child’s guardian is among the best.  Doing so may be a parent’s best chance at choosing a child’s guardian angel. Estate planning has many facets including property titles, trust documents and more, but none […]

Federal Restrictions on Gun Ownership by Convicted Felons

Hand gun

Federal law provides significant penalties for felons in possession of weapons, unless the felon has his rights restored by the convicting state. Anyone who has been convicted of a felony is banned by federal law from ever possessing “any firearm or ammunition.” Specifically a person “convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment […]

A Will Alone Does Not Avoid Probate, A Living Trust Can Help

Revocable Living Trust

There are many reasons to have a will, but avoiding probate is not among them. Other tools such as a living trust can help achieve that goal. There are legal documents and procedures beyond having a valid Last Will & Testament that constitute “estate planning”.  A person’s “estate” is his/her “net worth” at any moment. […]

The Exclusionary Rule in US Criminal Trials

fourthamendment

Part of the Bill of Rights, the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits government searches or seizures without a warrant issued by a disinterested magistrate. The Fourth Amendment protects the right to have government stay out of a person’s home and property without prior approval by a judge. If the judge has found […]

Expunging & Sealing Florida Criminal Records

Criminal Record

It is difficult to get a job in today’s economy, especially for an individual with a criminal record. For those with a criminal history in Florida[1] there is a process for some individuals to clean their records. For eligible individuals there are two potential outcomes for clearing a Florida criminal history. One is for the […]

Consider the Association When Buying a Condo

Condo Association Common Elements

The buyer in a real estate transaction certainly is advised to do their “due diligence” in making the decision to complete a purchase.  Due diligence is the process of systematically researching and verifying all information needed to make an informed buying decision.  For the purchase of a residential condominium this includes researching the Condominium Association, […]

Interstate Extradition in the United States

US Custody Fugitive Extradition

Every State of the United States has legal authority regarding people present within its boundaries. A State does not have authority over a person present in another State. For example: If a person is wanted for a crime committed in Illinois is found in Florida, an arrest can only legally be made by Florida law […]

Title Insurance: Buyers & Owners Policies

Lock and Keys

It is critical when making a real estate investment that the owner knows he owns the property free from any claims by third parties. When a buyer contracts to buy a home, he wants to be certain that the seller can legally sell it. Ownership of real estate can be very complex. There can be […]